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Exploring the Arts Gala Features Performances by Tony Bennett, Sting and a Yamaha CL5

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Hosted by Katie Couric with performances by Tony Bennett and his quartet with a special guest performance by Sting, the annual Exploring the Arts (ETA) fundraiser held October 4 at Cipriani’s mid-town in New York City raised $1.2 million. A star-studded red carpet affair, benefactors attending included Alec Baldwin, Jon Bon Jovi, Bryant Gumbel, Donna Karan, Lorraine Bracco, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Walters, and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

ETA is a nonprofit organization founded in 1999 by Tony Bennett and his wife, Susan Benedetto. The organization’s mission is to strengthen the role of the arts in public high school education. ETA currently supports 14 partner schools in all five boroughs of New York City and reaches more than 10,000 public school students, the majority of who live below the poverty line. ETA’s flagship school, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts located in Astoria, Queens (the birthplace of Mr. Bennett), was founded by the Bennetts and opened in 2001.

Bennett is set to release VIVA DUETS on October 22, a CD featuring Latin recording artists, and The ZEN OF BENNETT, which was created and conceived by son Danny with a theatrical opening in NYC on October 24 (LA, SF, Chicago on November 2). In November, Bennett’s latest book “Life Is A Gift” will be released.

Audio production for the gala was provided by ACIR Professional (Egg Harbor Township, NJ), and included a Yamaha CL5 digital audio console with two RIO 3224-D remote I/Os used at front of house, a Yamaha PM5D-RH used for monitors, and Yamaha T3n amplifiers for monitor wedges. Additional products brought in by ACIR included Shure, A-T, Heil, Neuman and Sennheiser microphones and wireless monitor systems. The company also provided all of the backline instruments. Bennett LD, Ron Farino, designed the lighting for the event.

Long-time Bennett front of house engineer, production manager for the event, and co-owner of ACIR professional had his first opportunity to mix the show on the new Yamaha CL5. An avid fan of the Yamaha PM1D and PM5D, Young said using the CL5 for its compactness certainly made sense based on the footprint allocated for FOH in the Cipriani room. “I was quite pleased about the performance of the CL5 and how well it sounded,” states Young. “The console is very easy to navigate.”

For more information on Exploring the Arts, visit www.exploringthearts.org.

For more information on ACIR Professional, visit www.acirpro.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL5, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: Tom Young, Bennett’s front of house engineer and production manager

PHOTO CREDIT: Digital Warmth

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Digital Rapids Named to 2012 Streaming Media 100 List of Online Video Industry Leaders

October 25, 2012 — Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids – the trusted provider of innovative media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing video to wider audiences — has been named to the 2012 Streaming Media 100, Streaming Media magazine’s second annual list of “the 100 companies that matter most in online video.” more

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Clay Paky Sharpys Light Up Lady Antebellum’s We Own the Night World Tour

When country trio Lady Antebellum wrapped the North American leg of its We Own the Night World Tour earlier this summer the band had played to a total of more than one million fans. Two dozen Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures helped light up the successful tour, which recently concluded with three dates in Australia.

Lady Antebellum debuted its third studio album, also called We Own the Night, in September 2011. It debuted atop The Billboard 200 making it the band’s second No. 1 release. It went on to top the magazine’s Top Country Albums and Canadian Albums charts.

For the tour, creative director and designer Baz Halpin along with Chris Nyfield of Silent House delivered the band’s concept of a fan-centric experience by creating a stage which placed a portion of the audience inside the center of the stage area so Lady Antebellum could “immerse themselves in the audience and vice versa – the audience essentially became the backdrop of the show.”

Halpin’s goal was to keep the lighting complement’s truck count low. “We were carrying our own rolling stage, so that meant we needed a compact but powerful lighting system,” he explains.

The stage was designed with three 18×24-foot fast-fold projection screens upstage and four vertical hard ladders, containing 24 Sharpys, between them. “The Sharpys provided the power and dynamic punch,” says Halpin. “Their intensity coupled with speed gave us the ability to create a variety of looks. The main function of the Sharpys was to highlight the musical cues and dynamics. We used them both as gobo fixtures and as a soft wash with the frost in place.

“In terms of truck space, weight, power and cost the Sharpys ticked all the boxes.”

Halpin reports that the Sharpys performed “very reliably” on the tour. “They have been consistent on all the shows we have done. We constantly experiment with placement and position, but you can use such a versatile fixture almost anywhere.”

A.C.T Lighting is the distributor for Clay Paky in North America.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, comments, “Baz is a big fan of our lights and we’re please to see that he’s specified them for this tour as well. It sounds like the Sharpys provided the look he needed.”

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